Monday, May 27

Experimenting with glass combinations!


This bead was created with a combination of CiM Bayou Ltd Run with CiM Garnet Ltd Run. I decorated it with silvered ivory stringer swirls melted into the surface. The ends were decorated with handmade shards of CiM's Tahitian Pearl Ltd Run. 


Although both Garnet and Tahitian Pearl glasses are showing as SOLD OUT at the CiM- Creation is Messy site, you may want to reach out to a local distributor to check their stock availability.
CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com . Contact Jean or Jennifer for your glass needs!

One last set to share. 
Based on a few previous experiments with CiM Bayou Ltd Run, I wanted to revisit this glass with Double Helix Kronos 2 powder as a surface decoration. It did not disappoint!.
The flowers were created by layered dots of CiM's Peppermint Cream Ltd Run and stormed Double Helix stormed Clio encased in clear.
The spacer beads are the same Bayou base glass wtih Kronos 2 powder and Clio dots.




Saturday, May 25

CiM's Purples - Emperor, Enchanted, Amethyst, Boysenberry, Wisteria and Aladdin


Today, I am sharing some of the purple glasses offered by CiM - Creation is Messy.
The focal bead was created on a base of CiM Emperor, a golden transparent purple, with Double Helix Kronos 2 silver glass powder wrapped in silver wire and encased in Zephyr. 

CiM Enchanted Ltd Run was added to each ends  with streams of Double Helix Melia added and lightly reduced to a metallic shine. The spacers are CiM Amethyst Ltd Run.


CiM's Boysenberry Ltd Run is a dense and saturated purple moonstone glass.

In the focal big hole bead below, a base of CiM Boysenberry  on which Double Helix Kronos 2 powder was generously added and stormed Double Helix Clio swirled. A layer of 99% fine silver foil was added and the bead was encased in Zephyr to capture the reactions. 

I added Boysenberry to each end and hand formed it  into a barrel shape. The surface decoration is Double Helix Helios for a golden shine when reduced. The spacers are also Boysenberry.


This last bead set highlights another of CiM's purple moonstones, Aladdin Ltd Run.
The focal big hole bead started with a base of CiM Wisteria Ltd Run on which stormed Double Helix Clio was swirled and encased in clear glass. Aladdin was added to each end and streams of Clio was added as surface decoration.
The spacers are CiM Aladdin.


CiM's website is my go to resource for information and previews of each color in their extensive color offerings. I am impressed each time I visit to see how the lamp working community shares their beautiful creations, ongoing discoveries and feedback. 

Proud to be part of this collaboration effort!

Thursday, May 23

CiM's Wisteria and Lavender Water

This post displays beads with two new colors of CiM- Creation is Messy glass that sold out almost as fast as it was offered.
Purple glass seems to be most sought out as a favorite and the two hues highlighted in this post are no disappointment. 
CiM's Lavender Water Ltd Run  is a transparent color that shifts between lavender and grey depending on the lighting. 
CiM's Wisteria Ltd Run is a misty opal lavender that I have previously posted about. Click here for it paired with Double Helix Aurae.

For the beads below, CiM's Lavender Water Ltd Run was the base of the centre of the focal faux vessel with CiM's Wisteria Ltd Run shoulders. Mixed Double Helix silver glass was swirled and encased with clear. The spacer beads are CiM's Wisteria Ltd Run.





The set below uses the same combinations of glass and the focal big hole bead was shaped into a long barrel. Notice the mother of pearl shine from the silver glass in the natural light.



In this last bead, I experimented with Double Helix's Notos and 99% fine silver wire. CiM's Lavender Water Ltd Run was the base with the Effetre clear capturing the suspended reactions in clear. 



Although these glasses are showing as SOLD OUT at the CiM- Creation is Messy site, you may want to reach out to a local distributor to check their stock availability. 

CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com . Contact Jean or Jennifer for your glass needs!

D.


Wednesday, May 22

Spring Pinks and Lavenders


Just a quick post to show you the glass combination discovery using Double Helix stormed Clio over CiM's Peppermint Cream. 
Look at that reaction in the centre of each portal drop in the centre bead! Wow... gotta make more of these!

The focal bead was created on a base of CiM's new lavender named Wisteria. A few future posts will focus on Wisteria Ltd Run, so stay tuned.
The dots are layered starting with CiM's Peppermint Cream, Ltd Run stormed Double Helix Clio. The dots were then reduced and encased in Effetre clear, Highlight dots of Clio complete the focal bead.

The other two beads in this set are on bases of CiM Enchanted Ltd Run a pink lavender transparent. I dotted it with Double Helix Clio and encased the bead in clear. I like that when the base glass was paired with silver infused glass, the peachy pink cast of Clio over the purple hue is a nice compliment to the focal bead.



Til next time,
D.

Tuesday, May 21

Vessel experiments with CiM colors

This post highlights two faux vessel beads using new CiM - Creation is Messy's colors paired with silver glass.

In this first bead, CiM's Bayou Ltd Run was wrapped with silver foil and rolled in Val Cox Isabella glass frit. It was then reduced and encased on clear glass and wrapped with 99% fine silver wire.
It pairs well with spacers of CiM's Peppermint Cream Ltd Run


This faux vessel started with a base of CiM's Peppermint Cream Ltd Run with a CiM Emperor encasement. The bead was then sprinkled with Double Helix Psyche frit and encased. Each shoulder of the bead is CiM's Egg White Ltd Run ends and shaped into a vessel.





Monday, May 20

CIM Ectoplasm with silver glass twisted roses


This focal bead was created on a base of CiM - Creation is Messy's Ectoplasm with a dusting of Double Helix's Kronos 2 powdered fruit. The bead was then decorated with twisted dots made of a combination of CiM Peppermint Cream, Double Helix's Melia encased with Zephyr. Melia reduced dots complete the bead. 



CiM's website is my go to resource for information and previews of each color in their extensive color offerings. I am impressed each time I visit to see how the lamp working community shares their beautiful creations, ongoing discoveries and feedback. Proud to be part of this collaboration effort!

All the new CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean or Jennifer for your glass needs! 

D.



Sunday, May 19

More experiments with CiM Elixir!

Just a quick post to share a couple more bead experiments with CiM - Creation is Messy's Elixir.

The following beads were created on a base of CiM Elixir.

One bead has CiM's Peppermint Cream Ltd Run and combination of Double Helix's silver glasses Melia and Clio central dots.. the middle was encased in Zephyr and Melia was added to each end with silver wire and reduced.


The other bead was on a base of Elixir with twisted dots of CiM's Peppermint Cream Ltd Run, Double Helix's silver glass Melia and Zephyr. Melia dots reduced completed the bead. spacers are Elixir


Til next time, D.

Saturday, May 18

Testing 2019 CiM Colors with Silver Glass


This post carries on with more CiM - Creation Is Messy glass combinations with silver glass.

First up is a barrel bead made with a base of CiM's Aiko Ltd Run in the centre and CiM Emperor ends. 



This bead has surface treatments of several silver glasses including Double Helix glasses including Kronos 2, Skiron and Aether in powders and shards. The bead was completed with a generous wrap of fine silver wire. The spacers are CiM's Aiko.



This bead has a base of CiM's Enchanted Ltd Run, with stripes of CiM Aiko. Double Helix Skiron shards were added and gently warmed to a golden glow. The spacers are matching Aiko.





This last bead was testing how Double Helix Skiron silver glass would react on a base of CiM Little Boy Blue. I superheated the bead and it produced highlights of purples and magenta. Definitely will be trying some further testing with these two glasses. The spacer beads are CiM's Little Boy Blue (now Sold Out).



Finally, this barrel bead made with a base of CiM's Egg White with a generous wrap of Skiron and 99% fine silver wire. 



Til next time,
D.


Friday, May 17

CiM Elixir and Storms of Silver Glass!


This bead mini set used a base of CiM's Elixir with stormed Double Helix Melia over dots of CiM Peppermint Cream. Each storm dot was encased with portal dots of DH Zephyr. Dots of reduced Melia completed the focal beads. The spacers are CiM's Elixir.


This focal Big Hole Bead bead had the same design and glass combinations as the above mini set.


All the new CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean or Jennifer for your glass needs!


#creationismessy #cimelixir #cimpeppermintcream #pendragonfyre

Smiles,
D.




Monday, April 29

Spring 2019 - New CiM Color - Eden



Today's new 2019 CiM - Creation is Messy color is Eden. 
This focal bead combined it with handmade Double Helix silver glass Clio blown shards encased under clear to capture the mother of pearl of the silver glass. 

The glitter within Eden is hard to capture in a photo but it glitters in the sunshine.

It is described as a dense transparent pine green with aventurine. 


A look from the other side.


This bead below was a test to see if Eden would spread on the surface of the bead.
The base of the bead is clear glass rolled in Double Helix Psyche powdered frit. 
Scrolls of Eden was added and the bead was encased with another layer of clear.



As you can see, the CiM Eden stayed put and did not spread. This glass may be promising in a twistie or murrini as it stays dense and doesn't seem to dilute.



I had a difficult time to have the aventurine reveal the glitter in the finished bead, so more testing will need to be done before I give up. LOL

All the new CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean for your glass needs!


#creationismessy #cimtesting #cimnewcolors #cimeden #pendragonfyre #doublehelixglass

Monday, March 4

Spring 2019 - New CiM Color - Little Boy Blue


Today's new 2019 CiM - Creation is Messy color is Little Boy Blue Ltd Run, a muted opaque blue with gray tones.

When I first read the description I immediately thought another boring blue... but when I realized it is a new attempt to recreate/replace now sold out CiM's Duck Egg Ltd Run, my enthusiasm restored as Duck Egg did some beautiful things with silver glass.

On a base of Little Boy Blue I rolled it in Double Helix Kronos powder, added some layered flowers of CiM Peppermint Cream Ltd Run and Double Helix Clio. The spacers show the true color of Little Boy Blue with slight streaking, which I personally like.


Kronos powder blushes the bead blue for an antique look. The flowers with reduced Clio over the CiM Peppermint Cream Ltd Run bloomed in golden rosy petals. 



Perfect for spring. 

CiM's website is my go to resource for information and previews of each color in their extensive color offerings. 

All the new CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean for your glass needs!

#creationismessy #cimtesting #cimnewcolors #cimlittleboyblue #pendragonfyre #doublehelixglass

Sunday, March 3

Spring 2019 - New CiM Color - Bayou


Today's new 2019 CiM - Creation is Messy color is Bayou, an opaque gray-green.

I tried pairing it with Val Cox glass frit named Victoria. 
This frit is part of the Painters Series special edition offerings. 
Val describes this frit as "Like a rocky shore ​under a full moon, this one pairs soft grays with watery blues."


Bayou melts beautifully with no stockiness and I will definitely test it again using silver foil under another frit blend as I believe it will sparkle and shine. 
Stay tuned for the results!

CiM's website is my go to resource for information and previews of each color in their extensive color offerings. 

All the new CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean for your glass needs!


#creationismessy #cimtesting #cimnewcolors #cimbayou #valcoxfrit #valcoxvictoria #pendragonfyre

Saturday, February 23

Quick Post - Spring 2019 - New CiM Color - Mantis


Just a quick post to share another of the new 2019 greens offered by CiM’s Mantis Ltd Run is a vibrant lime green misty opal that pairs with silver glass to create a perfect spring look. Double Helix’s OX459 emerald green lustre reduces to shines of gold, blue, green and rose.

Have an awesome weekend. Spring is on it's way!





All the new CiM colors are now available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean for your glass needs!


#creationismessy #cimmantis #doublehelixglass #pendragonfyre

Thursday, February 21

Spring 2019 - New CiM Color - Porpoise

Today's new 2019 CiM - Creation Is Messy color is Porpoise Ltd Run!

This new glass color is a greenish gray opaque that when combined with silver foil and my hand blended Pendragonfyre glass frit really sings! It is a wonderful base for the raku and Z-99 to bloom! 
I have included a few photos of this set as I wanted to note an observation when working with this glass. It appears that the spacers have taken on a pearl finish when they emerged from the kiln. I am not sure if this was due to the silver foil/ glass frit on the nearby beads or if this is something that can be replicated again in Porpoise beads on their own.

Could the formula has similar chemistry to the darker Tahitian Pearl? More experimenting will be required to confirm.





I am always looking for base glasses to pair with my Pendragonfyre frit that will bring the rich magenta, purples and blues to bloom with no yucky reactions. Porpoise is definitely one to put on the list.
These beads can be left with a glossy finish or they are also very beautiful as a tumble etched set as well.

I also did a quick test bead using CiM's new Peppermint Cream Ltd Run. If this bead is any indication, I expect to be using it in a set very soon!
The silver foil really glitters in these beads. 



Here is the bead sitting beside the completed CiM Porpoise set for comparison.



All the new CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean for your glass needs!


#creationismessy #cimporpoise  #cimpeppermintcream #pendragonfyre

Wednesday, February 20

Spring 2019 - New CiM Color - Aiko


Today's new 2019 CiM color is Aiko!

CIM’s new Aiko Ltd Run is a vivid transparent teal green that melts smoothly and has a depth of tone and does not bubble or boil.

This focal bead combined it with Double Helix Psyche silver glass frit and 99% fine silver wire encased to capture the glittery goodness!



As most of my color testing pairs new CiM colors with my favorite silver glasses, it is no surprise that I took the opportunity to try out a new Val Cox silver glass frit called Flora.

This focal bead combined it with Val Cox’s Flora and a couple wraps of 99% fine silver wire encased within. 





This final bead was a combination of several of the new CiM 2019 glasses. 
So many of the new colors compliment each other within the green and teal palettes!

This centre bead was created on a base of CiM Peppermint Cream Ltd Run with some CiM Eden Ltd Run dots and CiM Aiko flower twists.


All the new CiM colors are available through www.nortelglass.com. Contact Jean for your glass needs!

#creationismessy #cimaiko #cimpeppermintcream #cimeden #valcoxflora #doublehelix #pendragonfyre